The “Planetary Systems” team at IA focuses its activities around two major branches: Exoplanet research and Solar System atmospheres.
All this research is supported by our strong leading participation in a number of international projects and collaborations, including ESO and ESA projects and missions.

Latest press releases

Agreement for the construction of telescope made in Portugal was signed
Published 10 July, 2024 in Outreach

The agreement to install the PoET solar telescope in ESO's Paranal Observatory was recently signed by ESO's director general and the board of Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto,... read more ❯
“Dry ice” found in fossils from the Solar System infancy
Published 20 June, 2024 in Outreach

Conceção artística de um objeto gelado na região do Sistema Solar designada Cintura de Kuiper

Observations with the James Webb telescope and the participation of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) revealed carbon dioxide in the ices beyond Neptune, which may inform studies... read more ❯


Upcoming activities

PoET Workshop 2024

A 3-day workshop with the main goal of discussing The use of the Sun as a proxy for correcting/modelling stellar activity, the role of PoET in this effort and collaborations with other facilities; The detailed instrumental design of PoET; Building a science community around PoET.
Free registration

Past activities

4th Planetary Systems Day @ IA

IA planetary systems group is organizing the 4th yearly Planetary Systems Day @ IA. The day will feature presentations of planetary research works being done by the team and external collaborators, plus a presentation and discussion sessions dedicated to the forthcoming ESA space mission PLATO.
Free registration



FIERCE aims at providing the long-needed step forward to tackle the challenges of stellar activity on the search for Exoearths. The detection and Read more